Ukiyo-e Museum

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(ukiyo-e hakubutsukan)

The Japan Ukiyo-e Museum (JUM) is a world-renowned privately owned art museum located in Matsumoto, Nagano Prefecture. This museum boasts the world’s largest collection of Japanese woodblock prints, with over 100,000 items that showcase the beauty and intricacy of this art form. Established in 1982 by Tokichi Sakai, a member of the Sakai merchant family, JUM is based on the family’s extensive collection of ukiyo-e, which includes historical prints as well as contemporary works by Japanese artists.

The collection of ukiyo-e prints at JUM is a testament to the artistry and craftsmanship of Japanese artists. Visitors can marvel at the intricate details and vibrant colors that make these prints so captivating. The museum’s extensive collection includes works from the Edo period (1603–1868) and the Meiji period (1868–1912), as well as contemporary prints that showcase the ongoing evolution of ukiyo-e as an art form.

In addition to its impressive collection of ukiyo-e prints, JUM also features curated exhibits that highlight different aspects of Japanese culture and history. These exhibits provide visitors with a deeper understanding of the context in which ukiyo-e was created and how it has evolved over time. The museum also offers a movie detailing the history of ukiyo-e, which is a great way to gain a more comprehensive understanding of this art form.

Designed by the renowned architect Shinohara Kazuo, JUM’s main building is an architectural masterpiece that seamlessly blends traditional Japanese design elements with modern aesthetics. The museum’s extension, completed in 1995 by the architect Haba Kuniharu, further enhances the building’s beauty and functionality. The museum’s location next to the Matsumoto Open Air Architectural Museum adds to the overall experience by providing visitors with an opportunity to immerse themselves in Japanese culture and history.

Visitors to JUM can also take advantage of the museum’s gift shop, which offers a wide selection of ukiyo-e prints, books, and other merchandise. This is a great place to find unique souvenirs that showcase the beauty and artistry of Japanese culture.

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